Tuesday, October 2, 2007

The anti-curriculum

Okay, maybe not really, but it's getting pretty close to that. We have moved on from My Father's World. It's been sold and it's quite liberating, actually. After getting only about 1/8 through Exploring American History, I felt a bit ill. It seemed far too ethnocentric for my taste. So, after much thought and discussion with others, I've given up on using one set curriculum for our homeschooling. We are still using Math U See and Story of the World. But for the most part we are reading A LOT of books. They like it, I like it, we're learning, it's all good.

One of our favorites as of late is God's Paintbrush. It's very inclusive of all Christian and Jewish faiths and asks really enlightening questions about how do we think God feels about certain situations. Of course no one can answer those questions completely, but it's good to spark conversation with children about God.

Another of our favorite books thus far are the Anansi books. We've recently read Anansi and the Moss Covered Rock. The children LOVE it. It's such a pleasure to have them ask you to read a book over and over.

We are loosely following a list of classical literature books. Cristian has always enjoyed Beatrix Potter, to name just one. Also, he is reading the Frog and Toad series by Arnold Lobel, and he gets a kick out of them.

For science we are just doing our own thing. Wow, that's fun! Cristian is deeply interested in science, so we just kind of let him lead us. Right now, it's rocks and minerals.

So, that's a summary of our path thus far this year. I'm sure I'll be blogging more as to our progress and changes/challenges.

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